Texas Science Teacher Arrested For Violation Of Probation
Recently, a former Robstone track coach and science teacher, Jesse Hastey, 40 years of age, was arrested following two failed polygraph tests. Hastey was already on probation for having an improper relationship with one of his students. While appearing in court, his probation officer informed the judge that he failed two polygraph tests since August. One of said tests indicated that Hastey viewed pornography and the second test indicated that he has engaged in further contact with a minor. Both of these are clear violations of his probation.
If you are convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors, you may receive a sentence of probation instead of jail time. Probation allows you to continue working and living in your community. Yet, on probation, there are a number of procedures to follow as well as rules to avoid. As in the case above, failure to adhere to terms of probation may result in you being arrested and incarcerated for the remainder of your sentence. If you have violated terms of your probation, it is imperative that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who can keep your probation from being revoked and keep you out of jail.
Probation Violation in Texas
As mentioned above, a probation violation occurs when you break terms/conditions of your probation. Penalties for the violation of probation generally vary and depend on several factors. Some factors include the severity of the violation, where there are aggravating or mitigating circumstances pertaining to the situation, or whether you have any prior probation violations. If probation is violated, this may result in severe penalties. To name a few, this may result in prolonged probation, significant fines, jail time, etc.
There are several ways one may violate probation. It typically occurs when terms of probation are broke or ignored during the probation period. In Texas, probation normally lasts from one to three years. Yet, the probation period may be longer depending on the severity of the offense. There are countless additional ways in which one may violate probation. This list includes, but is certainly not limited to, failure to appear in court on a scheduled date and time, possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, not paying restitution to a victim as ordered by the court, not paying fines/fees as ordered by the court, missing scheduled meetings with one’s probation officer, traveling out of state without permission of one’s probation officer and committing crimes or other offenses while on probation, whether criminal or not.
Hire an Attorney for Your Case
If you have been accused of violating your probation, given the severity of the penalties you may face, it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney. The criminal defense lawyers at Wheeler Law Office are here for you! Lead attorney Alan Wheeler’s experience as a former prosecutor enables him to aggressively defend clients charged with probation violations. We may be able to help you avoid mandatory jail time. Contact our experienced Denton probation violation attorney right away. Our office offers a FREE, initial consultation, as well as flat fee pricing and payment plans affordable for any budget. Call us at (940)-465-3178. Your future could be at stake without a strong legal defense against your charges-contact the Wheeler Law Office today.